I have heard it said that Stephen Fry is what stupid people think a clever person should be like. This sounds pretty unfair to me. However, Jonathan Meades is by far my favorite writer on culture, architecture and food. He has also long been my favorite broadcaster and television documentary maker.
I was therefore intrigued to stumble across him listed on Wikipedia as a being a libertarian. I have no idea if this is true or a position to which he ascribes formally. What I do know is that his outlook and perspective on the world often strikes me as chiming very deeply with my own. As a debunker of all sorts of methodological collectivism and nonsense he is a masterful essayist and communicator.
If you are not familiar with his work, let me point you in the right direction. Start with Jerry Building here and then go on to watch Joe Building here. Thankfully, in the age of the Internet so much of this great man’s broadcasting is now available online.
While Stephen Fry is no doubt a very clever, great and lovely man, if I had to choose, Jonathan Meades would be my preferred national treasure.